Art School | Matisse Still Life
The term ‘still life’ pretty much explains what it is, something still. An object that isn’t moving, maybe a picture, a piece of fruit, or a vase of flowers, all of these could fit in the category of still life. One of the most famous artists to paint still lifes (that’s plural for still life) was Henri Matisse.
There’s quite a few books that you can check out of your local library or buy to learn about Henri Matisse. For younger kids, this book was hilarious and surprisingly pretty accurate about the relationship Matisse and Picasso had with each other.
Or this book as well is wonderful at explaining Matisse’s life and his desire for his art. He wanted his artwork to be soothing, perfectly balanced, and full of beautiful colors. And that’s exactly what he did. The pictures in this book of Matisse’s work are beautiful.
Today we are going to create a still life. You can choose anything you’d like to draw, but we decided we were going to try a bowl of fruit first. Pick an area with good light and grab a sheet of drawing paper and a pencil, you’ll need oil pastels later on.
Be sure to pay attention to the size of the objects, are any larger? Are there any details you can include? Is there more than one color on an apple or your item? Is your item on a table? If so then be sure to include the line of the table as well.
If you have the books handy, be sure you take a look at Matisse’s artwork and discuss what you notice. We discovered the pictures were full of color, without any empty white space.
Once your pencil drawing is complete, outline with black pastels so that your objects stand out nice and bold.
When you’ve completed the outline, you can get to work filling in your still life with lots of color. After looking at some of Matisse’s work we discovered the colors were vivid and bright, that’s a great indication to use oil pastels. You can press firmly with pastels and get very intense color.
Pretty soon your own Matisse inspired still life will be complete! And this is one of the few times I may tell you it’s ok to eat your subject.
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